#pb10for10 Food Books!

It’s #pb10for10 day! It’s #pb10for10 day! For years now, Mandy Robek & Cathy Mere (two all-star educators … but all educators are all-stars, really) have been running #pb10for10. What’s #pb10for10? Pick 10 picture books you simply can’t live without and share today, August 10th, with the hashtag #pb10for10 (see the official rules here). Share your own list and check out all the others in the #pb10for10 Google Community.

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I participated each of the last three years and loved it each time. My themes were Rhyming Picture Books in 2015, Pirates, Dinosaurs, & Dragons in 2016, and Fairy Tales in 2017 (you don’t need a theme, but swith so many incredible picture books out there, it helps narrow things down).

In precisely 53 days, on September 25th, 2018, the third book in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, Mission Defrostable, will be released. And to celebrate, my chosen theme this year is (anthropomorphic) Food Books!

 

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here is my #pb10for10 for 2018:

1. The Great Pasta Escape written by Miranda Paul & illustrated by Javier Joaquin

2. Fruit Bowl written & illustrated by Mark Hoffmann

3. Sweet Success written & illustrated by Liz and Jimmy Reed

4. Everyone Loves Bacon written by Kelly DiPucchio & illustrated by Eric Wight

5. The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School written by Laura Murray & illustrated by Mike Lowery

6. Arnie the Doughnut written & illustrated by Laurie Keller

7. Nothing Rhymes with Orange written & illustrated by Adam Rex

8. You Are My Cupcake written & illustrated by Joyce Wan

9. The Great Lollipop Caper written & illustrated by Dan Krall

10. Rot, The Cutest in the World! written & illustrated by Ben Clanton

Don’t forget to check out everyone else’s favorite picture books, comment, and share in the #pb10for10 Google Community! Happy #pb10for10 Day!

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Where I’ll Be Next

My NCTE17 Schedule

Next week I’ll be attending the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. I’m really excited about taking part in several panels with some amazing book creators and educators.

Are you attending? If so, definitely stop by and say hi! Here’s my schedule:

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In other AMAZING news, The Case of the Stinky Stench made it to the Semifinal Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Picture Book of 2017!GR_The Case of the Stinky Stench

If you voted in the first round, thank you! If not, everyone gets to vote again in the Semifinal Round! So go vote now!

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Two for You

1. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? written by Audrey Vernick & illustrated by Daniel Jennewein

2. Caring for Your Lion written by Tammi Sauer & illustrated by Troy Cummings

Stinky Stench – Goodreads Best Picture Book Choice Awards Nominee

Incredible news came this week! The Case of the Stinky Stench is a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Book of 2017! And YOU can help vote for the winner! (vote by clicking here)

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I’m incredibly honored and thrilled that The Case of the Stinky Stench has been nominated alongside these other 14 amazing books!

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So, if you’re on Goodreads, I encourage you to vote for your favorite picture book. And if you’re not on Goodreads, I suggest joining – and voting! Thanks!

 

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist written by Cynthia Levinson & illustrated by Vanessa Brantly Newton

2. The Book of Mistakes written & illustrated by Corinna Luyken

The Stinky Stench Is Available Now! (sort of)

If you head to your local bookstore, there’s a good chance you’ll smell see something new: THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH!

This photo was taken at The Concord Bookshop (in Concord, Massachusetts).

And this was at Gibson’s Bookstore (in Concord, New Hampshire):

(Photo Credit: Kari Allen)

While the official release date of The Case of the Stinky Stench isn’t until May 2nd, it appears that you can pick up your copy now! (at least if your local bookstore is in a town called “Concord”)

[side note: I’ve also received word that certain online retailers are also sending copies early]

So, clean out your fridges, everyone! The Stinky Stench has arrived!

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Happy Dreamer written & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

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2. Vampirina at the Beach written by Anne Marie Pace & illustrated by LeUyen Pham

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Get Stinky! (with the Stinky Stench Activity Kit)

The fine folks at Sterling Publishing have outdone themselves once again and put together an awesome activity kit for The Case of the Stinky Stench! While the book isn’t out until May 2 … you can download the *Free* Printable Activity Kit RIGHT NOW (by clicking right HERE)!

Contents of the kit include:

  • Word Search
  • Maze
  • Cutouts
  • Coloring Activity
  • Connect the Dots
  • Rhyme Time
  • … and of course, the all-important Answer Key

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Don’t miss the activity kits (and other fun stuff) for all of my books on the “Stuff for Kids” section of my website here.

And of course, you can pre-order The Case of the Stinky Stench wherever books are sold – and if you do, let me know and I’ll send you some free swag (see here for more info).

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Cy Makes a Friend written by Anne Marie Stephens & Tracy Subisak

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2. Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports written by Phil Bildner & illustrated by Brett Helquist

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Stinky Stench Pre-Order Giveaway!

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2)

It’s Pancake Day! And in just over two months – on May 2nd, THE CASE OF THE STINKY STENCH, sequel to Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, will be released. To celebrate, I’m sending swag out to anyone who pre-orders a copy.*

Magnets, Collectors Cards, & Bookmarks

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AND – if you pre-order from an Independent Book Store, I’ll send a bonus something special!

TO ENTER: snap a picture of your receipt and send it to joshfunkbooks+giveaway [at] gmail [dot] com along with your snail mail address.

To top it off, I’m picking ONE lucky winner to get personalized signed copies of both Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast AND The Case of the Stinky Stench. Good luck! And may the syrup be ever in your flavor!

* giveaway is open until May 1, 2017 to U.S. residents only, while supplies last.

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Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. The Friend Ship written by Kat Yeh & illustrated by Chuck Groenink

2. You Don’t Want a Unicorn! written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by Liz Climo

Happy National French Toast Day!

November 28th is National French Toast Day in the U.S. – to celebrate (and honor Sir French Toast), I’m running a giveaway! What am I giving away? One winner will receive:

  1. A signed copy of Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast (now) … AND
  2. A signed copy of The Case of the Stinky Stench (as soon as I receive my 2nd copy – the first is for me … er, my kids).

Simply retweet the tweet below by midnight Hawaii time to enter!

(if you’re not on twitter, you can share on Facebook and post a comment below to enter)

Note: The Case of the Stinky Stench will be released on May 2, 2017, so I probably won’t receive my copy until spring.


Where I’ll Be Next

  • 12/3, 11:00am: The Writers’ Loft Holiday Bazaar at An Unlikely Story (Plainville, MA, USA)
  • 12/4, 1:00pm: The Concord Museum Family Tree Celebration (Concord, MA, USA)
  • 12/10: Boston College Winter Wonderland (Boston, MA, USA)

Two for You

(two books I recommend you read)

1. Toby written & illustrated by Hazel Mitchell

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2. Shy written & illustrated by Deborah Freedman

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